MYTH AND THE TRUTH CONTAINED WITHIN
It has been said that “Myths are things that never happened but always are.” This quote is attributed to the 4th century Roman historian and mystic Sallustius. It describes the allegorical nature of Mythology and suggests that they contain behind their often fairy tale and fantastical nature, hidden truths and higher meanings.
Two more quotes from the brilliant Joseph Campbell:
“All religions are true but none are literal.”
― Joseph Campbell
“Myth is much more important and true than history. History is just journalism and you know how reliable that is.”
― Joseph Campbell
The Bible is a message system ... a collection of Myths and allegories containing deeper meanings that what lies at the surface. It is abundantly filled with these hidden meanings presented in its metaphors, allegories, parables, and myths. This was the design at its inception. Mystical meanings were hidden in the text, in the names, and in the stories ... for a purpose.
Take the names in the genealogy of Adam to Noah, and you will have a summary of the intended message ... in it's esoteric form. Designed, premeditated, intentional, and meant for us to find ... when we earnestly look for it.
For example, when discovering the root meanings of each genealogical name written in Genesis (in the original Hebrew), and then put in order ... you will find this revelation:
Adam – Man
Seth – Appointed
Enosh – Mortal
Kenan – Sorrow
Mahalalel – The blessed God
Jared – Shall come down
Enoch – Teaching
Methuselah – His death shall bring
Lamech – Despairing
Noah – Comfort and rest
Now, put those meanings into a complete sentence and you get:
"Man appointed mortal sorrow, the blessed God shall come down teaching. His death shall bring despairing comfort and rest."
The ancient Hebrews, and many other civilizations before them, used symbols to code their meanings. This was for many reasons. One of the simplest reasons was to separate an exoteric message for the masses, and an esoteric message for the initiates into the mysteries.
When studying ancient spiritual scriptures (writings), the original language(s) is paramount for understanding the intent and for translating property the apocalyptic style of the writers. There were no movies, books, or Internet back then as provision for entertainment. People told stories, and passed them down by word of mouth. It was ok to change things ... if it providing the listener with a deeper meaning or teaching.
In a sense, Myths are stories that talk about the higher things and the more profound subject matters. They deal with the important issues to do with God, Cosmic Origins, Ultimate Conclusions, Purpose and Destiny. They derive from humankind’s quest to answer the big questions concerning the nature of the divine, the nature of reality, the human condition, higher powers and our relationship to those higher powers, they deal with the meaning of life.
Always look beyond the letter of the law. As it states for us in 2 Corinthians 3:6:
"...who has also qualified us to be ministers of a new covenant, which is not written but spiritual, because the written text brings death, but the Spirit gives life."
Look for, meditate on, and research within for the meanings behind the written story. Look between the black and white ... read between the lines. Your divine Spirit will speak to you from within. You'll know what vibrates the Truth, and what illusion is presented by it's disharmony.
~Justin Taylor, ORDM., OCP., DM.